Category Archives: Community

Great River Gives: Nonprofit drives off with donation

The McLean Family Resource Center (MFRC) requested a concrete donation from Great River Energy last year but drove off with much more. With a small nonprofit budget, purchasing a fleet vehicle for themselves was out of reach – or so they thought. When Al Christianson, director of business development and governmental affairs, noticed the need, […]

Cooperatives help neighbors in need

Concern for community is ingrained in the culture of every cooperative. People cared enough about their hometowns to string wires across vast stretches of countryside 80 years ago. They did it because their communities were worth investing in. That is still true today. The descendants of cooperative founders are supporting school programs and hunger relief […]

Florence recovery: Co-op power restoration means all hands on deck

For electric co-ops in the path of Hurricane Florence, the process of restoring power to hundreds of thousands of consumer-members was the ultimate team effort. While the flashing lights of bucket trucks and digger-derricks along wet roads are hard to miss, every lineworker and tree trimmer working in the mud and muck to remove debris […]

Sparking an interest in energy careers

Students and community members learned about electrifying careers on Oct. 11 at Great River Energy’s Elk River campus as part of a career expo event. Employees from relaying, telecommunications, information technology, substation apparatus, system operations and more participated in the event. Anoka Technical College, Dakota County Technical College and Metropolitan State College also sent representatives […]

Employees build home, community with Habitat project

Commitment to community starts in the backyard. For one week in August, Great River Energy employees dedicated 608 hours of volunteer time to help build a Habitat for Humanity home for a family in Maple Grove. “We had 76  volunteers going out over the week as well as a Great River Energy retiree and her […]

Bringing America’s pastime to Minnesota youth

More than 2,500 youth from Minnesota pitched, hit and threw during a free clinic offered through a partnership between Great River Energy, the Minnesota Twins and the Twins Community Fund. The Play Ball! Minnesota Youth Clinics make it more accessible for youth around the state to learn the games of baseball and softball. The clinics […]

Cyclists take on the Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Tour

More than 700 bicycling enthusiasts turned out to participate in the 14th annual Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Tour on Saturday, Aug. 4, despite rainy conditions. All four routes of the tour crossed the new Highway 53 bridge in Virginia, Minn., offering cyclists a scenic view of the Iron Range from 200 feet up, which […]

Electric co-ops add their touch to Minnesota state parks

  Several Touchstone Energy cooperatives across Minnesota pitched in at their local state and county parks this spring in an effort to spruce up their natural beauty. Volunteers from seven electric cooperatives took part in this year’s GreenTouch program by raking leaves and pine needles, and cleaning roadside ditches, picnic shelters and campground areas. They […]

Electrifying the world

America’s electric cooperatives brought electricity to the countryside of the United States, but did you know that today’s cooperatives also help developing countries do the same? For more than 50 years, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s International Program has developed programs that promote economic prosperity in developing countries through technical assistance and training in […]